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"Déjà Vu"
Taylor seen mixing in a club, while wearing a pair of black sunglasses.
One of the various cover artworks used to commercialize "Déjà Vu" worldwide.
Single by Bob Taylor and Inna[A]
from the album Hot
Released 2009[B]
Format
Genre Dance
Length 3:27 (Radio Edit)
Label Spinnin'
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Barac
  • Bolfea
  • Botezan
Inna singles chronology
"Love"
(2009)
"Déjà Vu"
(2009)
"Amazing"
(2009)
"Love"
(2009)
"Déjà Vu"
(2009)
"Amazing"
(2009)

"Déjà Vu" is a song by Romanian musician Bob Taylor featuring Romanian recording artist Inna for the latter's debut studio album, Hot (2009). Released in 2009, it was written and produced by Sebastian Barac, Radu Bolfea and Marcel Botezan. Musically, the single is of the dance genre, and originally contained the vocals of Romanian singer Alessia. However, after a feud over compensation between Taylor and her, the song was handed to Inna, although the early version had already been released.

When premiering the new version of "Déjà Vu", Taylor and Inna opted for pseudonyms before revealing their identity later. In order to accompany the single, a music video was shot at a club in Neptun, Romania by Tom Boxer, and it initially did not feature Inna until another version of the visual showed footage of her in Turkey. Commercially, the recording experienced success in European countries, reaching the top ten of the charts in Greece, Russia, France and Romania, among others. In France, "Déjà Vu" has sold 15,400 registered copies as of 2010.

Background and controversy[edit]

Initially, a version of the song featuring the vocals of Romanian singer Alessia was released in early 2009, and drew comparisons to Inna's "Hot" (2008) at that time.[6] The track was further credited to Bogdan Croitoru, also known as Fizz, which opted for the pseudonym of Bob Taylor.[7] However, following a dispute over compensation, the artists decided to quit their collaboration and Alessia demanded her vocals to be replaced with others, although "Déjà Vu" had already experienced commercial success in Romania and had been heavily played in night clubs.[7][8] Particularly, the track was handed to Inna to re-record. According to Alessia, whose voice is a semi-tone higher than Inna's, the latter had a disadvantage when re-recording the song as it was not in her tonality, and this could not be changed because the track was already finished.[7]

The new version of the dance single[9] with Inna's vocals was initially made available for consumption as credited to Bob Taylor and Anni (backwards to Inna), as the artists wanted to "stay in the shade" reportedly because "the Romanian audience has some bias".[10][11][12] Following a time of speculation and controversy, the performers of the recording were finally revealed,[10][11][12] with Inna writing on her website; "I consider that a good song can be promoted and listened to without knowing by whom it is composed or who interprets it. With the help of 'Déjà Vu', I have showed this thing and, look, again, you – the audience – had the biggest intake. I thank you and don't forget that you are the only ones that can make a hit out of a song."[10]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Déjà Vu" was shot by Tom Boxer in a club in Neptun, Romania.[10][13]

An accompanying music video for "Déjà Vu" was shot by Tom Boxer in a club in Neptun, Romania.[10][13] It was filmed in the period of Alessia's and Croitoru's argument over compensation, with Inna initially not appearing in it, before another version was released on 7 November 2009 incorporating footage of the singer in Turkey.[7][14] The visual opens with a glass falling down in front of a black backdrop, with it breaking, and then sees Taylor mixing in a club. Following this, the focus alternates on female strippers and a group of partying people. Subsequently, a girl sporting an orange dress walks around the club, eventually drawing the attention of a male, with her sitting at the bar and watching a man mixing drinks. After the group of people—including masked men—further perform to the track, the clip ends with a shot of one's white T-shirt with an unknown blue figure on it. Scenes interspersed through the main clip portray Inna posing in swimsuit during a ship trip, footage of loudspeakers or two topless men fighting sporting yellow pants.[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

Upon its release, "Déjà Vu" experienced commercial success in Europe.[15] On native Romanian Top 100, the song peaked at number seven in August 2009,[4] and further reached the top ten in various territories. While the recording achieved a peak position at number two in Greece,[16] it charted at number four in Russia,[17] and in France, where it has sold 15,400 registered copies as of 2010,[18] it became Inna's third top ten single at number six.[19] Additionally, on Spain's PROMUSICAE chart, "Déjà Vu" debuted at number 31 on 2 May 2010 and climbed to number 15 on 15 August 2010, lasting for 26 consecutive weeks.[20] After the single has been included on compilation Clubland 18 a week before its release in the United Kingdom,[21] it reached number 60 on the UK Singles Chart.[22] In Austria, "Déjà Vu" debuted at number 25, scoring Inna's highest debut on the chart and her first top 40 entry there.[23]

Track listing[edit]

  • Official versions and remixes[C]
  1. "Déjà Vu (Radio Edit)" – 3:27
  2. "Déjà Vu (Play & Win Radio Edit Version)" – 4:24
  3. "Déjà Vu (UK Radio Edit Version)" – 2:33
  4. "Déjà Vu (Wideboys Stadium Radio Edit)" - 3:19
  5. "Déjà Vu (Wideboys Stadium Club Remix)" - 5:58
  6. "Déjà Vu (Wideboys Stadium Dub Remix)" - 5:59
  7. "Déjà Vu (N-Force Radio Edit)" – 3:02
  8. "Déjà Vu (N-Force Mix)" – 5:27

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Hot.[26]

Charts and sales[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Netherlands[1][5] 11 November 2009 Digital download Spinnin'
N/A 2009 CD single
France[2][42] 1 January 2010 Roton Digital download
N/A 2010 CD single Airplay/
Universal
Germany[24] 1 January 2010 Digital EP B1/
Universal
Spain[3] 13 April 2010 Digital download Vale
Italy[43] 27 April 2010 Roton
United Kingdom[44] 14 November 2010 Promotional CD single 3 Beat

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ During its release process, "Déjà Vu" has been credited differently, including to "Bob Taylor feat. Inna" or to "Inna featuring Bob Taylor".[1][2][3]
  2. ^ The exact release date of "Déjà Vu" is unknown. While the single was already present in the Romanian Top 100 in August 2009,[4] iTunes Store indicates 11 November 2009 as its digital release date.[5]
  3. ^ This acts as a summary of all versions of the single found on its digital and physical releases.[2][5][24][25]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Déjà Vu (Play & Win Radio Edit) [feat. Bob Taylor] de Bob Taylor & Inna sur Apple Music". iTunes Store. 1 January 2010. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Déjà Vu (feat. Inna) – Single de Bob Taylor". iTunes Store. 13 April 2010. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Cele mai ascultate hituri" [The most-heard hits] (in Romanian). Cotidianul. 13 August 2009. Archived from the original on 16 October 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "Déjà vu (Radio Edit) – Single van Inna". iTunes Store. 27 November 2009. Archived from the original on 20 January 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Scris de Deea (7 April 2009). "Bob Taylor feat. Alessia, "Deja vu"" (in Romanian). Mondenwest. Archived from the original on 15 April 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
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  8. ^ "Media Forest – Weekly charts". Media Forest. Archived from the original on 7 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Inna : La chanteuse présente son nouveau clip très sensuel !" [Inna : The singer presents her new sensual clip !] (in French). Pure People. 25 August 2010. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Bob Taylor feat Anni... Inna! – "Deja Vu"" (in Romanian). Inna.ro. Official website. 22 June 2009. Archived from the original on 28 June 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Scris de Delia (22 June 2009). "Deja Vu: Fizz este Bob Taylor si canta cu Inna" [Deja Vu: Fizz is Bob Taylor and he sings with Inna] (in Romanian). Divercity Cafe. Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  12. ^ a b ""Deja Vu" – Misterul elucidat" ["Deja Vu" – the elucidated mistery] (in Romanian). Roton. 25 June 2009. Archived from the original on 25 June 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Scris de Pyuric (23 June 2009). "Bogdan Croitoru (Fizz) revine în muzică: Bob Taylor!" [Bogdan Croitoriu (Fizz) returns to music career: Bob Taylor] (in Romanian). Urban.ro. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
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  18. ^ a b "InfoDisc : Les Meilleurs Ventes de Singles en 2010". InfoDisc. Archived from the original on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "Lescharts.com – Bob Taylor feat. Inna – Deja Vu" (in French). Les classement single.
  20. ^ a b "Spanishcharts.com – Bob Taylor feat. Inna – Déjà vu" Canciones Top 50.
  21. ^ "Clubland 18 by Various Artists on Apple Music". iTunes Store. 7 November 2010. Archived from the original on 29 November 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  22. ^ a b "Inna: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  23. ^ a b "Austriancharts.at – Bob Taylor feat. Inna – Deja Vu" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
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  25. ^ "Deja Vu (Uk Remixes) di Bob Taylor & Inna su Apple Music". iTunes Store. 12 November 2010. Archived from the original on 6 November 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
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  36. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-11-20" UK Dance Chart. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  37. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2010" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Archived from the original on 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  38. ^ "Rapports Annuels 2010" (in French). Ultratop 50. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
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  44. ^ Déjà Vu (Promotional CD single). Inna feat. Bob Taylor. 3 Beats Records. 2010. 

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